Harriet Shaw, a graduate from the University of Edinburgh, has been working non-stop during her 12 month ScotGrad placement at Mackie's Crisps. She spoke to the ScotGrad team about some of her most recent projects, and shared some fantastic news. Read her exclusive updates here:
ScotGrad Training Speaker
I attended a ScotGrad training course at the beginning of April to talk to fellow ScotGrad Associates about my role at Mackie’s Crisps and how my placement is going so far. This gave me a chance to reflect on the highlights and my main achievements, as well as the most valuable skills I took away after attending the ScotGrad training course myself back in December 2015.
We also completed a tasting session where the ScotGrad Associates were able to try our new popcorn flavours, as well as some of our most popular crisps. They seemed to go down well and I was pleased to see my personal favourite (Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper) was particularly popular!
Trip to Singapore
At the end of April I went on a business trip to Singapore to represent Mackie’s Crisps at the Food Hotel Asia 2016 Trade Show alongside our Global Brand Manager, Rebecca Russell. Here, I learnt more about our export market, and was delighted to see Mackie’s Crisps on shelf in mainstream supermarkets throughout the city.
The highlight of the trip was attending a reception at the British High Commissioner’s House, where we tasted great British food, received an inspiring speech from James Withers (CEO of Scotland Food & Drink), and were introduced to many other Scottish Food & Drink Suppliers who are also growing their export in Asia.
Export is a large and growing part of Mackie’s Crisps business with our product being exported to over 15 countries worldwide. This growth has been recognised with Mackie’s at Taypack having been announced as a finalist for Export Business of the Year in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards this year.
In January 2016 we launched our new popcorn range and to support this launch held experiential events in Edinburgh & Glasgow city centres. During the events we handed out packs for passers-by to sample; this was a great success and created a fantastic buzz about our new product! We invited Kelly Barbour, Programme Manager at ScotGrad, down to try the new flavours and see what all the fuss was about. Our popcorn bags are now available to buy in Scottish Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores if you’d like to have a taste too!
April was a particularly exciting month as I received the news that I’m going to be kept on at Mackie’s at Taypack as a permanent employee following the completion of my 1 year ScotGrad placement in August. My role will be changing slightly to include a sales & administration aspect alongside the marketing side of things. I’m very pleased that I’ll be continuing to head up the digital marketing and social media which is one area of my role that I particularly enjoy.
I’m delighted with my ScotGrad placement so far, and couldn’t be happier that it has led me into a permanent role with such a great Scottish company.
Find out more about Mackie's products here: www.mackiescrisps.co.uk
Written by: Harriet Shaw, Mackie's Crisps